Survival Knife

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From the crudest cutting utensils of ancient times, to the precision blades of today, the knife is often referred to as the #1 tool for survival. Pocket knives, military blades, crazy contraptions that look like they are meant for killing Zombies, knives are everywhere. Ask a survivalist what one item they couldn’t live without, and more often than not they will tell you their knife.

Personally I am a blade junkie, I have a wide variety of cutting tools in my collection.

So what do I carry?

Sog Seal Pup Elite My #1 choice of survival knives is the Sog Seal Pup Elite, if I were stuck in the wilderness and could only bring one knife, I would definitely choose the SOG.

With all of that said, I tend to use cheaper blades for day-to-day cutting. Yes I carry my SOG for emergencies (and I do use it for certain tasks)….. but I worry less about damaging the blade when I use a $10 – $15 one for daily work.

Believe it or not there are a lot of very good knives out there for under $15.

Swiss Army and Gerber Multi ToolSwiss Army Knife – I tend to use my Swiss army knife for just about everything. From cutting rope, opening boxes, and daily chores to being my #1 choice when fishing, this little thing can take a beating.

A Swiss Army knife generally has a variety of blades, various tools and other useful gadgets.  At one time there were two companies that are allowed to feature the Swiss Army Cross Logo; Victorinox or Wenger.

Recently Victorinox bought out Wenger making them the only manufacture to feature the Swiss Army Cross Logo

Multitool – Although I don’t think of this as a typical  knife, I do carry a Multitool which has a couple of different blades in it.

Popular Brands include:
Gerber
SOG
Leatherman

husky utility blade
Husky Utility Blade
– This little blade comes in very handy.

I carry a couple of these in my truck and a few in my tool bucket. I break it out when I’m out on a  job site to cut just about anything.

You can find them at just about any hardware store for under $10 including multiple blades.

What to stay away from?

Rambo StyleSurvival Knives – When a company markets their blade as a “survival knife”  they are probably not worth the weight in your bag.

Stay away from the ones that have a hollow handle filled with so-called survival gear. The handles on these knives suck and are guaranteed to break when you need them the most.

Fancy Blades – If it looks like it belongs in a movie, chances are it’s of little use in an emergency situation.

It may look cool as part of your collection, just don’t count on it to get you out of any sticky situations.

 

No matter what you carry, make sure you take care of your knife. A sharp knife is far safer than a dull one. When my blade is dull I sharpen it, if it beyond repair I get rid of it.

Looking for a Good SOG? This is what I carry…..

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  1. Dustin says:

    The CheaperThanDirt rough use knife is actually quite durable ~ $20.

    My EDC knife is a classic Leatherman Multitool. Excellent investment – no frills, just built-to-last.

    My primary bush knife is an ESEE RC-5. Built like a tank, guaranteed forever, no questions asked. I’ve now become a HUGE fan of ESEE knives.

    Had a Ka-Bar – never held a good edge for me and the powdercoat chipped off readily.

    Had a Gerber LMFII ASEK – the rubber overmolding on the handle started to peel after a few days.

    Still have a Mora I paid $15 for – excellent knife, holds its edge very well… it even floats. Made of high carbon steel, so it WILL rust if left unattended.

    When shopping for a knife, do consider:
    1) The length and weight you need and find comfortable (some choppers may be too heavy, some bushcraft knifes may not be heavy enough)
    2) The type of use you intend (a knife is not an axe, but you may need to baton through wood to split it, for instance)
    3) The composition of metal (high carbon, stainless steel) and rockwell hardness rating.
    4) Knife style – many sway by full tang-or-nothing designs, some prefer skeletonized designs to conserve weight, some hate serrations, some love clip points, etc.
    5) Budget

    Cheap isn’t always trash, but sometimes you do get what you pay for. Do your homework before you buy. If you grab the first thing you see for $20 at the local flea market you may regret it when you’re miles into the woods and that knife has a LOT riding on it.

    • richie says:

      my bob knives are a gerber lmf and a kabar bk2, but the blade i carry at all times is a SOG pentagon elite, its tough as hell and I use it every day. all the knives Ive listed are under a hundred, but worst case SHTF Ill take the lmf.

    • JoeTLakeCharles says:

      I have a plethora of fixed blade knives and agree that cheap, isn’t always junk. My EDC is a Condor Basic Bushcraft (5). I picked it up on eBay for around $30. Made in El Salvador, it has a full tang, improvised Scandi grind, carbon steel, sharpens easily, and takes a beating. I give it a “Thumbs Up” for anyone who needs a good working blade without a heavy price tag.
      Thank you all for your input and God Bless.

  2. Bugler says:

    “Cheap isn’t always trash” is absolutely true. I love my Mora!

  3. bruce says:

    i agree with the mora, by far mora’s are best.. light weight, tough are shit and cost around 20 dollars.

  4. Not all hollow handled knives are crappy. Check out Chris Reeve knives, and there are others, I just cant think of their names. I think Randall knives markets a hollow handled knife, and it certainly wouldn’t be junk. Personally my idea for a survival type knife would be one that you could use for most “survival” related tasks, i.e.: cutting, prying, chopping, and at the bare extreme, fighting. But I think multi-tools are awesome “urban survival” knives. I would also want a good solid fixed blade to go along with it. Today, CRKT, TOPS Knives, and others offer good solid fixed blade knives for a good value. Another opinion of mine is that a sheath that holds all the necessary survival implements is more valuable than a knife that does.

  5. Joe Morrow says:

    The Best knife is like the Best firearm, it is the one you have with you when you have need of it. Choose a high quality folder for inside the pocket carry. If you always have it, it will always be there for You!
    Keep sharp, in mind and blade.

  6. Ansis says:

    Guess prefer Mora knifes from Sweden. Variations in price and seemingly very decent cheap ones.

  7. Ansis says:

    (Weird two posts in a row but)

    Cheap being – Mora 511 for 5 usd (carbon or stainless)

  8. DAVE says:

    I agree that Moras just can’t be beat for all around use and price, but for tactical/self-defense use… would not be my first choice. Muli-tool with a can opener is a must. Can anyone recommend a good quality, decently priced fixed blade tactical/self-defense knife. I just sold a few and I’m in the market for one.

    • Matt says:

      I carry a Cold Steel Mini Tac Kiridashi for EDC self defense. Small and light but size eficient, I got it for biomechanical cutting, but it’ll go thru a carotid, puncture a lung and liver, etc. as well as any 3 incher. I like the Safekeeper II as well, but push daggers, you know, about the same class as brass knuckles, you’d catch a case for wearing it, pretty much anywhere.

      as for a real fighting knife, IDK, but i like Cold Steel stuff, maybe the OSS or Peace Maker? Not to mention bowies, that is what we use in this country. The SK-5 models have great reviews too. I’d really like a Gurka Kukri for a general purpose field blade. Super versatile, takes the role af a few different knives and tools.
      Bushman and Canadian Belt Knife can definately find use in survival gear too.

  9. Larry says:

    My Gerber Big Rock is a excellent choice for those who have limited budgets. The handles will come off if they wear out, so that no big issue to me. Some of you carry machete looking knives….i want to keep it simple.

  10. Iain says:

    Gerber LMFII Infantry – Awesome bt of kit that i’ve used to make shelters etc with, takes a real hammering and retains a good edge.

  11. ReginaPhalange says:

    Great post and great comment from Dustin.
    Re: Denny Symes’ comment about hollow-handled knives, no, not all hollow-handled knives are junk, but the cheap ones certainly are. And the post did specify hollow handles filled with stuff, which I doubt the Chris Reeves knife is. And I believe the CRK is made from one piece of steel, not a blade attached to a hollow handle via flimsy joint like most of those saw-backed, hollow-handled, piñata knives filled with fishing line and compasses are. Unfortunately, any decent hollow-handled knife is going to be out of the price range of the very demographic they most appeal to: teenage boys and younger men. So for them, their intro to “survival” knives (sometimes knives in general) is pure junk.

  12. Mike Wallace says:

    I SEARCHED FOR A LONG TIME(OVER 6 MONTHS)FOR THE RIGHT BUSH SHEATH KNIFE. I PICKED THE KERSHAW D2 OUTCAST. THIS KNIFE WEIGHS IN AT 22 OZ,COMES WITH A KYDEX SHEATH,10″ BOLO STYLE BLADE,16″ OVERALL. SOME WILL SAY IT’S A BIT HEAVY,BUT IT WILL DO EVERYTHING AN AXE WILL AND MORE. I HAVE USED IT TO FELL 8″ HARD WOOD TREES,DIG PRIVY HOLES,SPLIT FIRE WOOD. IT HAS YET TO LET ME DOWN. THE EDGE RETENTION IT GREAT. FOR $70.OO DOLLARS IT CAN’T BE BEAT. i ALWAYS CARRY MY LEATHER MULTI TOOL AS A “FIRST” KNIFE. GIVE THE OUTCAST A LOOK. THANKS!

  13. Andy Zarvas says:

    Gerber rock is good, nice sturdy full tang knife but the rubber handles are cheap, But I laced mine up with a Paracord handle. Nice feel now. The blade holds an excellent edge. Well that is all I have for today…

  14. Jim Freeland says:

    I have used many knives over the last 35yrs.ranging from Sears Roebuck, Gerber and Al Mar, for hunting,combat carry and survival. The one that I have consistantly returned to using is a Camillius K-Bar. Mine has always held a pretty good edge and I have not had any problems with the finish degrading. As with any knife, you should keep it clean and the edge touched up. If I had to hit the wilderness tomorrow, I would take my Leatherman and my K-Bar.

  15. MJ Sloan says:

    Try checking out a local gun or knife show. Sometimes I have found used knives that are excellent and for almost 50
    % of the price of new. I prefer a folding CRKT in a 5 inch blade and also a fixed 7 to 9 inch blade like a K Bar.
    Definitly also a good multitool for cutting things like wire or heavy paracord.

  16. JoeDirt - 77433 says:

    I’d highly suggest 2 knives , ..I always carry a leatherman “Sideclip” and I have Randall made 14 with a stainless steel blade in my “Bug-out-bag”
    Sometimes a pocket knife is too little and a sheath knife is too much.
    Btw , Buy a quality knife sharpener and learn to use it to keep all your knives sharp.

  17. KCarns says:

    Finding a good, solid knife that will be with you for a long time is very similar to finding the right partner. A few people get lucky right from the start, most bumble through a bunch to finally find “the one”, and for those folks who haven’t, they just have to keep looking and trying.

  18. MedicX says:

    I think I would trust the Mora for most of a day’s activities, but, I absoultely LOVE ESEE KNIVES! They have an awesome selection designed for those from the amateur to the pro. They are well built and have a NO QUESTIONS ASKED LIFETIME WARRANTY!

  19. Quinn says:

    Check out the knives at http://www.hedgehogleatherworks.com My favorite survival knife is the Tom Brown Tracker, I used it for a 10day course [4day Complete Survivor and 6day Bushcraft at Ancient Pathways]

  20. Wardog says:

    Fallkniven A1 is what I settled on for the BOB. I was sold on the strength, durability tests conducted and although pricey I would trust it to hold up to a shtf task. It also would lash nicely & serve as a spear tip.

  21. Jeff says:

    A knife is a personal thing. My neighbor asked me what knife to buy her husband, and ended up talking with him about it instead of just buying one for him. The debates go on, fixed vs. folder, partially serrated vs. plain, handle material, steel, blade configuration. They make a lot of different knives because everyone is different. Personally, EDC – Kershaw Ken Onion Shallot with ZDP-189. Hunting – Buck 119. Fishing/Deboning – Victorinox 47513. Kid’s first knife – Gerber 44576 lock back. Multi-tool – Leatherman (I’ve got two different models.) Truck knife – one I made from a metal file in high school. Celebrate diversity! (I’m about to google Mora…)

  22. Jonathan Turrell says:

    What multi-tool is pictured with the article above? I’ve never found a muli-tool I like enough to carry every day. I prefer simple single blade folders, preferably with a partially serrated blade. But when it comes to packing up my Bug Out Bag, I understand that a multi-tool is a must have. Any recommendations?

    • Off Grid Survival says:

      I forget the exact model but I think it’s similar to this Gerber

  23. Karp says:

    Don’t know if anyone has seen that gerber teamed up with Bear Grils from man vs. Wild. I received the fixed blade as a fathers day gift. Its a really nice blade and it has a bunch of survival perks.

  24. Karp says:

    … bear griles fixed blade has a sharpener on the back of the sheath, a flint stick for fires, full tang that at the bottom is shaped for use as a hammer, a whistle, and a pocket survival guide(more like a survival cheat sheet). The only thing that isn’t designed into the knife/sheath is the pocket guide. A lot of non-gimmiky additions for $60. I love the way my hand holds it too. I’d recomend for novice or veteren.

  25. Cameron says:

    I have a gerber bear grylls and a kabar becker bk2 for my bug out bag. and I prefer the BK2. guaranteed to last forever basically. sure the powder coating will come off, but who cares about looks when you’re surviving.

  26. tony says:

    I got the gerber Bear Grylls Survival Series Ultimate Knife… I love it… This knife has a good feel to it….
    It features an ergonomic grip for comfortable handling and a dependable stainless steel blade with a versatile serrated edge. Additionally, the knife and military-grade nylon sheath are packed with innovative survival tools, including a fire starter, a diamond blade sharpener, an emergency whistle, and a pommel….

  27. Will says:

    One brand I am not hearing much about is Cold Steel. I think their Master Hunter is one of the best GP Knives on the market. I have been looking at their Tomahawks as well.
    I carried a Gunsite folder for a year in Iraq and it never failed me. I would put it up against any folder on the market today! Especially in the San Mai steel! Even today it never leaves my pocket!!!
    Still working on my BoB, but when I get it together it will have my Recon Scout in it. I actually purchased it over a Randall #14. And No, I’m not a Cold steel rep or anything, I have just been impressed with their products. But when it comes to multi-tools, I invested in a Gerber Multi-Plier 800 Legond. Not cheap, but it is SOLID!!

  28. mike says:

    coldsteel,sharade tough tool,eastwingaxe

  29. Travis says:

    Just came across this site very good content and interesting information. Just one note I came across on knife comments that is bogus was the review of the lmfll, rubber overmolding peeled after a few days. (UH NO FREAKIN WAY DUDE) What did you do light it on fire? Im a lmf user and mines been abused, Ive even taken my old one through the torture tests you can pull up on youtube. It will saw through sheet metal, and go beat the handle to death it never breaks down. Also its a full tang so even after the handles gone youd still be fine.

    Also I bought a Bear Grylls survival knife. I gave this one to my wife for her bug out bag. This is truly a solid knife for the price tag, great blade, sharpner incorperated, whistle, and fire starter. For the 50.00 i put in it I think its a killer value. The one downside I have heard is the hammer head on the back of the knife if used with decent force there have been reports of the handle chipping off or breaking the butt plate..

    Just fyi, i think there is a youtube video on the subject. But on that note I dont know truly what was done to the knife off camera. If your worried take a look at the lmfll or there is also a smaller version with a great sheath with multiple mounting options called the Gerber Prodigy tanto. Pretty cool blade..

  30. Matt says:

    One word come to mind for the ultimate knife… BUSSE. These knives are amazing! Busse knives are not inexpensive but how many knives do you know that can bust through wood, brick and steel pipe and not break? They hold a fantastic edge and the balance and ergonomics are second to none. Once you try one, you will be hooked.

  31. Jon says:

    I have a Victorinox (swiss army) multitool and Cold Steel TiLite for EDC. The multitool has been with me for almost 10 years now. I agree with the “survival” knife comments. Bought a few as a kid for camping trips. The invariably broke and whatever “supplies” they came with were useless. The TiLite has been the best folder I’ve had, and will open when I draw from my pocket.

  32. SwampCracker says:

    I am quite the fan of ColdSteel as well. I personally carry a Rajah III as my EDC and their SRK as my fixed blade. I also carry a kukri and spetsnaz shovel all the time as well. You can never have too many blades or tools while roaming the Swamp.

  33. Scott says:

    Two knives…a Mora for camp duty..carving trip wire and snare triggers etc. And…a fighter for those special needs. I have a 3 pound 11″ Bowie style stainless steel blade that can be a machete….a wood splitter…a fighter..a digger..and on and on.
    But the Mora Classic 2 is my go to neck knife.

  34. justearnie says:

    I agree seal pup or any full tang blade no hollow handels, No USMC K-Bar’s the blades will break unless you get the hardened steel blades they are more expensive but worth the money. BUCK Knives and Gerber are hard to sharpen and don’t seem to hold a edge very long for field dressing, for this I choose the CASE knives thats what they are made for!

  35. Mike says:

    I have owned many knives over the years and looking at sheath knives, I have to agree the Mora is a fantastic knife for its low price.
    I have never had any Kabar that held a decent edge for more than a steak dinner before having to re-sharpen it;
    Cold Steel makes a number of great knives, I prefer the Master Hunter as it has performed quite well as a general purpose blade.
    Gerber can be hit-or-miss, they don’t make them any more, but their Yagi has been a great knife, sure the powder coating has worn off some, but I have owned it for 15 years and bring on many camping trips.
    I would not pay a buck for a BUCK;
    ESEE are also very good quality, but I would just as soon spend that kind of money on a Bark River, their Bravo-1 “Field” knife flat out performs, as does their Aurora.
    As Jeff posted above, the knife that best suites you is definitely a personal thing, and I would suggest before buying a knife you go to a number of sporting goods stores, gun shows and such to find something that feels good in your hand, will serve multiple purposes, because there is no such thing as “a single best knife” for every purpose you can think of, but there are some knives that perform well for many purposes. When you find the one or two knives you feel best meet ‘your’ needs, do some research, read reviews, and then buy at the best price you can find.
    Folding knives and multi-tools are another subject; Victorinox, Leatherman, Gerber are all good… whatever floats your boat so to speak…

  36. Daniel says:

    One name I am not seeing mentioned is Opinel. They are worth mentioning for several reasons. First they produce folding knives in high carbon steel(if you’re a fan of hcs you know how rare that is). Maybe not a big issue to all, but some folks prefer it. Yes it will rust but it also sharpens easier/faster. Secondly they are cheap, in the 10-20 dollar range. Again not an issue if you have a large budget, but for the rest of us a definite plus. Thirdly they come in a variety of sizes and materials(bladewise). Now to keep this comment balanced, yes they do have some drawbacks. Firstly, the locking mechanism they use is a rotating ring. Not the strongest or most modern design for sure. The design does work but I would never trust a folder like I would a fixed blade. Secondly it is a folding knife! Remember this inherent weakness and you should be fine. Thirdly they use traditional materials(wood handles,hcs blades). Some folks like that, some don’t, it all comes down to personal preferance. Fourthly Opinel is a (gulp) french company(cringe). Just kidding! Really it is a very servicable knife, and for the price it can’t be matched.

  37. steve king says:

    i don’t see anything about smith & wesson i own more than half a dozen and i would any one of them with me when TSHTF and i payed as little as 20 bucks for some of them

  38. Dave Griffis says:

    Personally
    I got lucky when I bought my Cold Steel SRK, in carbon v. When they first came out they were on special and I think I paid a little over $40. A great knife. Last one I saw on eBay they wanted $250 for it. For EDC Benchmade Dejavoo, In my BOB I Carry Ontario knife kukri machete, 1095, full tang, they are getting very popular and readily available, for $54. At Ontario knife store. This kukri is great. It will do whatever work need done in the field.

  39. SharonAnne says:

    I have had a 5″ Marbles for about 30yrs. It is a high carbon steel blade with a leather washer handle. The blade is now black from a combination of water and deer fat corrosion. I really don’t know how the edge holds up. After cleaning and butchering 2 whitetail bucks it seems to be as sharp as when I started.

    It is a small company from da Yoop (Upper Peninsula) of Michigan. When my Father-in-Law visited the shop in the mid 80s when he bought my knife, they offered him a new knife if they could have his old one. The leather is shriveled and cracked, the blade is black and what was 5″ is now a bit shy of 4″ after cleaning over 100 whitetails. He declined their offer.
    I treasure my Marbles knife. I know it will last another 30 years and be passed on to someone younger.

  40. Gary Belcher says:

    I have no idea why it is so often ignored, but the obvious answer to the question of the perfect combat knife/survival knife, is the kukri. I have been involved in life and death combat situations on a number of occassions, and I can tell you that the perfect combat knife is one that allows you to terminate your oponent quickly and efficiently. Gutting and skinning is the provence of the pocket knife. The fillet knife speaks for itself. Fire starting is the design of the k-bar, et al, but when your life is at stake, you need a knife that will terminate your enemy now, not when he bleeds out.

    Why do you think it has been the standard for so many years?

  41. Jack Ivy says:

    My favorite fixed blade is my Cold Steel Recon Tanto. It’s not for chopping wood, it’s keep finely honed. MyEDC folder is a SOG Vulcan Tanto.It holds a great edge. For Heavier chores I like my Cold Steel heavy Machete. I like the weight and it’s not extremely long. If all else fails, I’ll resort to my 10mm Glock

  42. Rocky says:

    Hello,

    He always gets kind of mad whenever someone, namely I, go to a website and brag about his high quality handmade survival knives and his sheaths. I guess you could say that he is the most humble, quiet high end knife maker that I have ever come to know and befriend. But despite him getting a bit disturbed by it, the truth is the truth in my book, and is also worth sharing. But Andrew “Andy” Clifford is the sole maker of his own survival knives, relatively known by his “ACK” mark. I happen to own a couple of his knives, and to me his knives are solid and as durable as I have ever seen/owned. Andy has several very unique and special techniques which he uses and which also gives his hollow handled survival knives the no-nonsense durability and strength of as if they were full tang knives. Andy always says “Shhh!” to the online and public rave reviews of his work because he loves for his wonderful knife making work to speak for itself. Well, believe me when I sday that his knife making and sheath making work More than speaks for itself. I always tell my buddy Andy that I’ll Never keep my opinions of his awesome work quiet, LOL! I tell him that if he knows he does something good and makes great knives, verbally express that about himself. I tell him Why Not express your work and knife making skills> If anyone deserves to pat himself on the back a little bit, he sure does. Does that mean that he is the avsolute Best knife maker? Of course not, not by a longshot. Does that mean that To Me, he’s the absolute best knife maker? Why, you bet it does! And that is my own personal opinion. Also, and I will end with this; but to me, it’s not Only his great skill and many years of experience that make him the #1 knife and sheath maker, but it is his outgoingness and his endless effort to help fulfill the dreams of peoople with his undying compassion to work with those people in any way that he can, to provide to them one of his high quality handmade survival knives, esp when that person is down on their luck financially and their only wish is to finally have and own a solid high end handmade knife. Andy has helped lots of people fulfill their dreams of owning a solid knife, and he still continues to do this to this day. And That to me is what makes him, in my own personal opinion, America’s #1 knife and sheath maker in the world. Feel free to check out some of Andy’s fine knife and sheath work by going to his website entitled ANDREWCLIFFORDKNIVES.COM. Thanks for reading!!

  43. Brian says:

    Hello,

    Well, to me there are a hell of a lot of great knives made out there, both Production And Handmade knives. Mass produced knives suxh as SOG, Cold Steel, and AG Russell to name a slight few. Then you have high quality handmade knives such as Randall, Ray Matton Knives, Black Starr Knives, and ACK Knives. This being said, and after owning a few SOG knives and Cold Steel’s famous Recon Scout bigger brother, the Trail Master, I finally found a high end knife that has an awesome price on it And is made with extreme high quality. I am still unsure if this knife is handmade or mass produced, as some people state that it is indeed handmade and made right here in the USA, but the knife that has fastly become one of my Favorites of all my knives is my Ontario RTAK-II full tang high carbon steel blade knife. This knife can do it all, and the blade is straight as Cupid’s Arrow. It is great for camping, hiking, batoning wood, combat, survival, chopping, skinning, cutting, and for the worst one of these, it makes one outstanding knife for killing! LOL Please don’t read that and start thinking I condone killing because I do Not. I am a lover and true respecter of all life forms. And I believe there are two reasons to kill that are legitimate and valid. Those reasons are for self defense and defending someone else, and also killing for food and Only those two reasons. People that kill for sport or pleasure or to murder, are nothing but pure cowards and losers. So, please don’t read my killing comment I made and automatically assume that I am a murderer, LOL! But anyway, as I have gotten off topic, I urge you to please check out Ontario’s awesome RTAK-II knife. It just might be the very last and only knife you will ever need! Thanks for reading!

  44. hans stellingsma says:

    in my BOB i carry a falknifen thor and a becker bk 2 knife in my pocket a swiss army blade on my belt a leatherman…….if SHTF use an umbrella and be prepared for more :)

  45. DuginMT says:

    I like Ontario knives for serious survival and field use. I have a RAT 7 in D2 steel and a Pilot’s Survival Knife in 1095 carbon steel. The RAT 7 is my SHTF knife, and I carry a swiss army knife and a fire starter in the sheath pocket. The Pilot’s survival knife is not fancy but a great knife and sheath for around $30.00, that you won’t mind beating around with. Finally, I have several Marble’s damascus and stainless knives from Smokey Mountain Knife Works, and even though not USA made anymore they take a razor’s edge, look and handle good, are made well, and hold their edges very well for an economy knife. They come with nice leather sheaths too. Enjoy your knives!

  46. johnP says:

    I was just wondering how many people actually pack and use their randall knives?

  47. josh says:

    old hickory butcher

  48. Elise says:

    I should definitely check out that SOG.

  49. Bandit says:

    Personally I favour a “cudeman” bush knife, made from Spanish Toledo stee, very sharp nice wide blade, sturdy and very comfortable stag horn handle, maybe a little expensive but I assure you a very worthwhile investment. Also where ever I go I take a lansky sharpening block, after making kindling, bivvy pegs ect its very handy to put a keen edge back on the knife.

  50. Doc Law says:

    I own a decent collection of fixed and folding knives. Not just for bug outp urposes but also for practical as I live in the backwoods of the Olympic peninsula, Washington state. I have a tops tom brown tracker t1, falkniven f1, tops brothers of bushcraft, cold steel kukri San mai iii, bark river bravo1, esee4, leatherman surge, Swiss army knife, crkt m16-12zer, condor golok, blind horse maverick, ka-bar Becker bk2&16 and quite a few others that ive picked up along the way but I cant put names to. Survivalism is a passion of mine and I practice often as you would do if you lived in the woods to. My lady has a ka-bar skinner and an esee3, my 2cd youngest brother(as I am the eldest) has a bear grylls survival knife that I got him for Christmas a few years back, he really wanted one don’t ask me why. My 3rd youngest brother got a Becker bk2 for his b-day earlier this year and a gerber big rock a few years back. And my youngest brother didn’t want a knife, so I got him a tomahawk.

  51. Al Travis says:

    I’ve had a Buckmaster 184 for years and, while it may be a bit heavy, I would definitely count on it to do any job I would call on it to do. Although it does have a hollow handle, it is very strong.
    As for a multi tool, I have a Gerber model 600 that has never failed me.
    I also have a Buck 870 that I carry in my pocket as an everyday knife.
    I am very happy with them all.

  52. Mike says:

    When it comes to ‘Survival Knives’ the best survival knife is the one you are carrying. This brings us to Every Day Carry (EDC) knives. Most EDC knives are folders that fit in your pocket, as not many people strap on a sheathed straight blade knife every day.
    The knife should have a 90-degree spine so you can scrape a ferrocerium rod and bark from a tree/branch without damaging the blade.
    I have a number of single blade folders by Kershaw, Benchmade (Doug Ritter), Zero Tolerance (301 and 350), CRKT, Spyderco, and Falkniven. Folders can provide you with a readily available knife for multiple uses, but not a realistic tool for batoning through wood, where a full tang straight blade knife is the better option.
    So, I carry a good folder every day, with my Leatherman Wave on my belt, and in my GHB I have a good Falkniven F1 straight blade as a backup, only to wear if needed.
    Also, a knife made of high carbon steel, like 1095, is a good choice as well; which can also be used as a steel striker with flint. Yes, the carbon steel is more prone to rust, but is easier to sharpen and holds an edge well; just keep a thin coating of oil on the blade for protection. I also like the patina that the high carbon knives acquire over time.
    The grind of the blade is also important to consider; a convex blade is sharpened by stropping spine to blade across fine grit (2000) sandpaper and a leather strop with black and green stropping paste. The Convex sharpening of the ‘spine to blade’ direction is just the opposite of what most people are accustomed to by sharpening in a ‘blade to spine’ direction for Scandi, Hollow, or Flat . I mention this only because the need for different sharpening tools based on the blade grind. The KnivesShipFree web site has a great series of videos for sharpening a convex blade.
    Some states have limitations on the blade length, with 4 inches being acceptable almost anywhere, but a straight blade used for batoning wood is better to have at least a 5 inch blade so you do not have to baton your handle.
    In my BOB, I keep a Bark River Bravo, a ZT 301, a Leatherman Wave, and a BAHCO Folding saw for my cutting tools. I also carry a KSF sharpening kit and a small coticule to keep my tools sharp.

  53. Kacey says:

    I like my frost cutlery silent assassin Bowie strong knife, but the black stain is rubbing off.

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